NATURE & CULTURE
Below you can find information about Nötö's unique nature, culture and attractions
Year 2016 both a Nature Trail and a Culture Trail was created on Nötö. With the help of a mobile map, navigating along the trail is very easy. Using the map, you can familiarize yourself with the island’s various services, cultural history (farms, prehistoric sights, etc.), and natural attractions. The map is powered by Google Maps, and can be found here.
The village shop Nötöboden sells e.g. grocery, fuel and gas. They also have an ordering service from the Finnish liquor store Alko. The shop also offers drinking water aswell as renting of shower, sauna, and a washing machine. As Backaro, Nötöboden also offers Wifi and WLAN internet. A medicine cabinet can be found in the shop. Nötöboden has recently got dedicated, new owners.
More information available from the shopkeeper:
Nina Liski-Tirkkonen: +358 (0)50 5432 905
Life in the Village
The island of Nötö was once Nauvo’s third largest village populated with up to 280 inhabitants, 13 farms, two shops, post office and a bank. Still today the life in the village is well-preserved. This is something you will notice immediately when you step off the boat and on to the pier.
On the island you will also find the renowned Highlander cattle.
The wooden chapel, which was inaugurated 1757, has 8 corners and an altar window opening towards the bay of Österfjärd. Due to the chapels’ calm colours, a special kind of light is produced inside. This is easily noticed when you enter the building, since it infuses a very calm and earthy feeling. In the very beginning the dead were buried underneath the flooring, and that is why the Nötös’ farm’s housemarks were carved into the chapel’s floorboards. In the year of 1774 soil was brought to the chapel, and a graveyard was established. Today weddings and somewhat frequent services are held at the chapel.
Skolan - Café
The old elementary school, which was founded in the late 1800, has been remade into a lovely café with new enthusiastic owners. There are quite often events and exhibitions held here. It is also where the traditional midsummers-party is held aswell as the feast after the elk hunt in the autumn. Welcome to enjoy tasty pastries and light alcoholic beverages here at Café Skolan! Backaro serves food upon ordering, but Café Skolan serves delicious lunch every single day.
More information is available from the café owners:
Joakim Stolpe and Lotta Green: +358 (0)50 5424378
Unlike the many other islands in the outer archipelago, the soil on Nötö is very fertile. This made it possible to grow grain such as oats, wheat, barley and rhye. It was mainly because of this the island of Nötö was so well populated. In the land register of 1540 there are 13 farms listed on Nötö.
This is something special for the island of Nötö. The klockarsten is a large pice of granite with several smooth cavities. When you hit these cavities the stone emits different metallic tones. These tones are very similar to those of church bells. It is evident that the cavities have been diligently hit on throughout time.
What could the Klockarsten’s previous purpose have been?
The function room and party venue Havsborg can be rented by individuals and business’s alike. The premises fits about 150 people, and has both kitchen and compostal toilets. Havsborg can be rented by the association Nötö Local History Association – more information can be found here.
On the southern side of the island you can find the camping ground of Nötö.
More information on these attractions and services is available from the president of the Nötö Local History Association - Kristin Mattsson (tel. +358 (0)40 568 4870), www.noto.fi/english/hembygds.php
We offer guided tours around the island where we walk through the old well-preserved village landscape. We will visit different charming places and valuable buildings, like the island’s former school, the old wooden chapel from the 1750´s, the mill, and the countess Maria Sofia de la Gardie’s memory cross on the neighbouring island of Eurholmen. We will also visit the moss covered building foundations of the village Mattsby. We will end the tour with a visit to the islands convenience store Nötöboden.
There are ongoing plans on creating a culture trail through the island of Nötö. Along the trail, you could then on your own read about all of the attractions and about the island’s fascinating history!